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Mets Morning News: Mic’d up Mets

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Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Players have been mic’d up on ESPN broadcasts so far this spring, and the Mets did not disappoint in front of a national audience.

Pete Alonso is a fan of bringing the fans into the action and hopes to see the practice expanded in the future.

The banter between J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith was another highlight, especially when Smith made a joke at Davis’s expense about keeping cheat sheets. Davis also heard about it in the offseason from his teammates who teased him about the scandal, but they were also forgiving since he was honest with them about it.

Davis was in good spirits and is on the mend from his shoulder injury and he doesn’t foresee any issues when it comes to being ready for Opening Day.

Jeff McNeil has his sights set on a batting title this season and his teammates have faith he has the skills to do it.

Jed Lowrie still has not participated in any Grapefruit League games because he has been unable to find a flexible leg brace that will allow him to play.

With the additions of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, the starting pitching depth appears to be pretty good, but prospect David Peterson has been shining in camp and could add further depth to the rotation.

Teammates weighed in with their opinions with who has been most impressive in camp so far.

Luis Guillorme reflected on “The Bat Catch” and how that has come to define him as a player.

There is still plenty of spring left to play, but the Opening Day roster projections are already taking shape.

Yoenis Cespedes could not see his brother for eight years, but he was finally reunited with his younger brother who could join him in the majors soon.

Around the National League East

The Braves had a good day against the Pirates.

After being scratched from the lineup last week, Jorge Alfaro still has not returned to action with oblique tightness.

How do the Mets stack up next to the Nationals?

Around Major League Baseball

While battling cancer last year, Carlos Carrasco spent his time helping others who were less fortunate.

After receiving a third opinion on his elbow, Chris Sale does not plan on undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Reliever Andrew Miller has suddenly lost the feel for his pitches and the Cardinals can’t find a reason for this mysterious malady.

Aaron Judge continues to be sent for tests as the Yankees try to figure out what is the cause of his discomfort that will most likely lead to the slugger missing Opening Day.

The Yankees mourned the loss of scout Kelly Rodman, who was one of a the few female scouts working for major league teams.

With sports betting becoming more prevalent, one of the dangers is gamblers blaming players for the loss of money and it is already starting to happen since one person sent threats to multiple players.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Dave Capobianco wondered if Jed Lowrie is actually going to play this season.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Mike Hessman!